Metolius Session Crash Pad

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Winter means one thing to some climbers: prime bouldering season. Whether you’re a dedicated boulderer or a beginner, the Metolius Session Pad is an ideal mat to fit every dirtbag’s car, needs, and budget. With a simple bi-fold design and an elastic-flap closure system, the Session is excellent for newbies, seasoned vets who want to add an easier-to-carry small pad to their collection, and dabblers who don’t want to drop a lot of dough. It has 12 square feet of landing space in a surprisingly light nine-pound package. “I put this on and immediately forgot I was wearing it—that’s how light and slim it is,” one petite tester said. Through four months of testing, climbers never bottomed out, even in the middle, thanks to an angled hinge, and the pad still looks as good as new. One great detail was the small carpet sewn into the middle of the pad, so you don’t have to carry an extra towel to wipe your shoes before you pull on. The elastic-flap closure system was snug, so you can’t shove a ton of gear in the pad, but shoes, water, and chalk pot fit just fine. Hint: Close the pad up first, and then shove your gear in it. $149;